Athletes flock to Bay for Central Coast Champs
HUNDREDS of young athletes will descend on Hervey Bay for the Nordic Regional Central Coast Championships this week.
The competition will draw the best athletes from the under-7 to U17 age groups, from clubs including Bundaberg, Gayndah, Gladstone, Maryborough and host, Hervey Bay.
Hervey Bay Little Athletics' Kerri Payne said it shaped as a big weekend.
The club has worked on the Dundowran track to get it to the best possible state despite the lack of rain.
"It's looking the best it can under the circumstances," Payne said.
The club expects about 250 athletes from 11 Central Coast clubs to compete, and when officials, families and spectators are counted the total crowd could number in the thousands.
The event will start at 8am on Saturday with a march past and official opening ceremony, with competition to start at 8.30am.
Athletes will compete in an array of discipline, including track, javelin, triple jump and long jump.
Hervey Bay will contribute 26 athletes to the competition, and Payne said each could press for medals.
"We had 30 athletes compete at the pentathlon in Burrum Heads and about 80% of them finished in the top five or six," she said.
"It's hard to tell. Some kids thrive on competition.
"Hopefully we'll have a bit of a home ground advantage."
It is one of four major events Hervey Bay hosted in a four-week period.
The Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Senior Surf Life Saving Championships were held last weekend, while the Surf Life Saving Queensland Youth Championships will be held from February 17-19.
The Queensland School Sport 13-19yrs Triathlon Championships will be held on February 23-24.